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The Most Evil Villains Who Never Actually Kill Anyone

Updated December 14, 2020 624 votes 86 voters 3.2k views13 items

List RulesVote up the villains who are pure evil despite never actually killing anyone.

There are all kinds of different evil in the world, but some of the worst villains from movies aren't actually cold-blooded killers. Some of them just live to watch people (or puppies!) squirm and retreat into misery, such as coaches trying to cripple children or nurses hellbent on breaking their patients' spirits instead of healing them. 

A lot of the villains on this list never even inflicted physical pain on another person - they just want power and aren't afraid to go out of their way to get it. Some of them are even a little sympathetic - a little therapy would have changed their lives, and film history, forever.

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  • Cruella de Vil wants to skin puppies, people. PUPPIES. Maybe she and Mr. Tinkles should get a spin-off together.

    What is she going to do with 101 little tiny puppy skins anyway? They're so tiny. She could at least wait until they grow up a little. It wouldn't make it any less cruel, but it would at least fulfill her goal in a more practical way. She's not even sane enough to be evil properly.

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    Dolores Umbridge is one of the most sadistic professors at Hogwarts, taking apparent delight in torturing wizarding students and unsuspecting muggles alike. She's disliked across the spectrum by both the children and professors of Hogwarts, though she does manage to stay employed for a really long time and cause incalculable amounts of harm.

    In terms of the evilest Harry Potter characters, she's not the top "one who must not be named," but she is right up there.

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  • The evil stepmother is a well-worn archetype, but it all started with Lady Tremaine. She's not just icy to Cinderella; she basically enslaves Cinderella in her own home after her father passes, forcing her to clean and not letting her go out and have a little fun.

    Also, you'd think that if she hated her stepdaughter so much, she'd want her to get married and or even just get out of the house for a little bit, right? She's that reliant on her deceased husband's daughter's unpaid labor?

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  • It's one thing to be strict. It's another to have an actual torture chamber in the principal's office at an elementary school.

    What does this woman have against children that she locks them in closets with nails in the walls? She's literally breaking international humanitarian laws and kids' spirits day by day. 

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